A labourer is a person who does manual work within the construction field. Employed for work with road paving, commercial buildings, tunnels and bridges, labourers are reliable, skilled and have strong core characteristics to enable them to perform critical construction jobs.

Roles and Responsibilities

The job role of an labourer involves the following duties:

  • Performing general maintenance of construction equipment and vehicles
  • Performing set up and clean up tasks at the job site
  • Climbing to heights and conducting work with proper safety restraints
  • Directing traffic near building sites
  • Maintaining tools and equipment
  • Constructing roads and paths
  • Erecting scaffolding
  • Driving fork lifts
  • Lift heavy loads and navigate construction job site terrain
  • Digging pits, trenches and foundations in preparation for job site construction
  • Providing labour as needed for a speciality crew


  • Any relevant experience is preferable, and good GCSEs in English and Maths will prove valuable on a construction site. 


Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an labourer include:

  • The ability to follow written and spoken instructions
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Comfortable working at height
  • Basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Familiar with construction industry safety standards and procedures
  • Capable of working with minimal oversight but willing to follow directions closely